Course Provider: Go Create
Contact Name: Kirsty Kennedy
Telephone: 0208 1665134
Course Length: 2.5 hours
5 star rating, 1 reviewers.
LEARN WHEEL THROWING BASICS
This 2.5 hour wheel thrown pottery introduction gets you hands-on and dirty learning wheel throwing pottery basics. (Patrick Swayze not included).
Each student will have their own wheel to work from and following a masterful tutor demonstration its straight down to practice. Our tutors include Nam Tram and Clover from the recent series of The Great Pottery Throwdown, expect to be impressed.
Support will be on hand as you try to get to grips with centering and throwing basics. We keep class sizes small: no more than 5 students to make sure you each get the proper attention. Expect a few pieces to make it below the table into the slop bucket for recycling and about 2 pieces each to make it onto the keeps board. We'll fire and glaze keeps ready for collection in about 4 weeks time.
Please note that we continually add dates to meet demand. This workshop normally runs on a Sunday morning or afternoon. If you're looking for a date in advance that is not on the list, please get in touch as we may be able to schedule it.
Step 1: Tutor demonstration
We start the workshop with a 10-15 minute tutor demonstration which provides an overview of the different stages involved.
Step 2: hands-on practice and individual practice
(i) Centering basics
Students start with centring basics (an experienced potter is on-hand to quickly correct and support students). Centering is everything and takes practice to master it. Sure jelly blobs in contemporary ceramics has its place but lots of luck trying to drink a cup of tea out of it.
(ii) Throwing a pot
Thankfully not across the room but in fact pulling the clay up before opening it out. Playing with purpose.
(iii) Handle pulling
Depending on which tutor you get some ‘pull’ a handle and even help students create spouts and lids – yes new students have made teapots on this first course. If you’ve created a shaped vessel then you’ve done well.
FIRING AND GLAZING
We fire and glaze your best two pieces with the surviving pieces ready to use in a couple of weeks.
Handbuild experience is highly recommended prior to wheel thrown pottery.
This is mainly an adult course. Children over 10 are welcome but do need to be accompanied by an adult and have good arm strength.
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